Stray observations from US Dressage Finals

I had a fun week in Lexington at US Dressage Finals! I said hello to JenJ, Jen of Cob Jockey, and Karen, as well as a plethora of customers I’ve seen throughout the year at shows. Some stray observations from the event:

  • Dressage people really like wine. Like, it’s 11 AM and people are wandering around with wine. And let me tell you, nothing helps people feel great about their custom shadbelly order than a complimentary glass of wine.
  • Freestyle routines set to music that sounds like a MIDI file from 1997 are the worst. I heard a lot of terrible freestyle music this week: choppy music transitions, awful gritty sound, selections that didn’t suit the horse. If you’re putting together a freestyle, please please get good quality music and a professional opinion.
  • Rodney’s on Broadway might be the best restaurant in Georgetown. If you’re in the Lexington area, check out this place for a superb steak, fun cocktails, and excellent service.
  • Jim Koford is doing the most fun freestyles in dressage right now. I might be a little biased because he’s one of work’s sponsored riders, but seriously, the Wild West-themed freestyle he won the Open Grand Prix with is really neat, and let’s not forget his Aladdin-themed freestyle at Dressage Under The Stars earlier this year.

 

10 Comments

  1. Holly

    I loved that Wild West freestyle so much! So creative and I love how it goes with the horse’s loud coloring too!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      It’s the PERFECT music for that horse!!

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  2. emma

    dude…. i will NEVER forget dressage as devon as the biggest party-at-a-horse-show that i’ve ever experienced before like, ever. like, definitely a WAY bigger party than tail gating at any of the major international cross country days i’ve been to. who knew – dressage ladies like their wine, indeed!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      Hahahaha! Devon was SO much fun. I’m going to try to go back with work next year, so maybe we’ll have a Devon reunion.

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  3. Stacie Seidman

    I think hunter/jumper world is severely lacking in the wine department.

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      I’m kind of surprised to hear that?

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  4. Allie-Rocking E Cowgirl

    Wine to the dressage world, is like beer to the AQHA world. It’s everywhere.

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      You aren’t kidding!!

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  5. L. Williams

    I love when free booze is handed out at horse shows!

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  6. jenj

    So much wine at that show. And bourbon. Did you try the bourbon?

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